HearPlanet Announces Automotive Infotainment Partnerships – Stakes Claim as Largest Provider of In-Dash Audio Tours
Provides Over 300,000 Audio Points-of-Interest to In-Dash Systems
San Francisco, California, January 11th, 2013 – HearPlanet® (http://hearplanet.com) continues to expand its audience, providing audio infotainment on points of interest to people on the go. HearPlanet is the world’s largest audio guide where people discover, share and connect around places.
HearPlanet's strategic partnerships will bring its service to drivers and their passengers. HearPlanet’s automotive-sector partnerships broaden its reach while serving an affluent demographic – new car buyers and purchasers of premium after-market Connected Automotive Infotainment (CAI) systems.
Today’s announcement includes partnerships with Aha, a unit of Harman International;
• Harman is bringing HearPlanet's service to drivers via their Aha platform, with rollout to consumers later this year. Aha is working with ten automotive manufacturers, including Acura, Honda and Subaru.
• Pioneer has partnered with HearPlanet to provide HearPlanet’s service to automotive infotainment system customers. Pioneer is demonstrating HearPlanet’s in-dash application on their AppRadio 2 product at this year’s CES In Las Vegas, NV.
• QNX is working with HearPlanet to bring HearPlanet’s unique service to automotive as part of the QNX CAR application platform. QNX, a subsidiary of Research In Motion (RIM), is a leading provider of automotive infotainment systems and technology.
In addition to offering immediate access to content on what’s nearby, HearPlanet offers the ability to search for anyplace, anywhere. HearPlanet’s latest iPhone release includes iPad support, user configurable alerts for attractions nearby, ability to create personal tours for offline use, category filters to narrow searches, social connectivity to share discoveries with friends and more.
Apple print ads have featured HearPlanet, saying; “Imagine a guidebook that speaks to you. With iPhone as your audio guide you’ll get the scoop on landmarks, historic sites and more – in countless cities worldwide – without taking your eyes off the sights.”
HearPlanet, Inc. [http://www.hearplanet.com] is a San Francisco company that provides audio points-of-interest to users of mobile devices. HearPlanet publishes free and paid applications for iOS, Android and the Mobile Web, and is working with automotive industry partners to bring its service to motorists via in-dash infotainment systems. HearPlanet also offers content access via its API so partners and developers can build applications around the service. HearPlanet aggregates content from large and small publishers alike, and includes content from Wikipedia, as well as from enthusiasts and tour guides. Anyone can add locations to HearPlanet via its website and partners can add content directly from their iPhone applications. HearPlanet is the most downloaded audio-guide in Apple’s iTunes App Store.